Does the thought regularly occur to you, apropos of fact or incident personally observed: "Here is 'copy' for a paper"? Have you the reputation among your friends of being a good letter-writer? If you cannot reply in the affirmative to two of these queries, then take up pokerwork, or oratory, or fiction, or nursing, but leave journalism alone.
I got my name day presents to-day because they are things for the journey: a black travelling satchel with a black leather belt, and half a dozen mourning handkerchiefs with a narrow black border, and an outfit for pokerwork, and a huge bag of sweets for the journey from Hella. The world is a wretched place without Hella.